Sending a colonel to Spain for trial in Jesuit murders
If you currently live in El Salvador and participated in the plotting and execution of the 1989 murder of six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her daughter, you have nothing to fear. El Salvador won't extradite former military officers to Spain where a court proceedings are being held for the murder of those Jesuit priests, 5 of whom were born in Spain. But former colonel Orlando Montano is not in El Salvador, but in custody in the US, and the US will likely soon extradite him to Spain as the AP reports:
North Carolina is the unlikely scene of a court battle that could determine whether a former Salvadoran military colonel is prosecuted for the notorious slayings of Jesuit priests more than two decades ago during El Salvador's civil war.
An extradition hearing Wednesday for Inocente Orlando Montano Morales is the latest twist in a case that stretches back to 1989, when authorities say members of the military killed six priests and two witnesses. He is one of 20 former military members indicted by a court in Spain, the native country of five of the priests.
But Montano — who is in custody in North Carolina — is currently the only former officer within the reach of Spanish prosecutors. Most of the others are in El Salvador, where authorities have no plans to prosecute or extradite them because of an amnesty law for crimes committed during the 12-year civil war that ended in 1992.Spanish justice may be the only justice available. Impunity is deeply rooted in El Salvador.